Princess Charlotte seen in new image taken by Kate to mark eighth birthday

A new photo of Princess Charlotte has been released to mark her eighth birthday on Tuesday.

Kate, the Princess of Wales, took the photo in Windsor this weekend and it shows the third in line to the throne smiling and relaxed.

It comes soon after a picture of her brother Louis, sitting in a wheelbarrow, was released to celebrate him turning five on 23 April.

Charlotte, Louis and their elder brother George live with their parents in Windsor's Home Park.

The family will be gearing up for the King's coronation on Saturday, with Charlotte and her siblings reportedly set to take part in the procession from Westminster Abbey.

Prince George is one of eight Pages of Honour for the service and the children are later expected to appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony.

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The children were also featured recently in an unseen photo of the late Queen, released on what would have been her 97th birthday.

It showed her smiling with some of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and was taken by the Princess of Wales at Balmoral.

The Princess of Wales is a keen photographer and often takes pictures to mark family occasions.

She and Prince William released another image last week - showing them on bicycles - to mark their 12th wedding anniversary.

The picture, taken by photographer Matt Porteous, was taken in Norfolk last year and posted with the caption "12 years" and a heart emoji.